'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' is Like 'The Odd Couple', Tom Hardy Says
Reader, when you think of classic sitcoms, what comes to mind? The Brady Bunch? All in the Family? 2021's Venom: Let There Be Carnage? If you, too, find yourself inexplicably categorizing Sony's latest superhero flick among the great TV programs of the mid 20th century, it seems you're not alone – Tom Hardy, the film's leading man/alien symbiote recently likened the ultra-violent film to the quaint Neil Simon bickering of The Odd Couple. Marking the second weirdest description of Eddy Brock and Venom's relationship amid the film's press tour – the first being director Andy Serkis likening their connection to a “love affair" – Hardy made the categorization while discussing the future of his character in a recent interview with the AV Club.
“We want to go on a journey with them and see whether they develop,” the actor said. “It’s not just ‘man attacked by a parasite.’ He thinks he has a tropical disease and he’s dying and he’s not. He’s just got a really friendly big alien that lives in him, but who is also really dangerous. So what happens next?” he mused, a question that evidently led to the franchise's second installment (well, that and Woody Harrelson being Woody Harrelson).
Although their relationship may be complex, Hardy says the characters' rapport isn't entirely unprecedented, categorizing them as “flatmates that are not getting on well at all" like Oscar and Felix in the beloved sitcom. “They have very different ideas and opinions about the world and are rubbing against each other in a very small apartment,” Hardy said. “Two lovers argue, a married couple argues... our two roommates are kind of asexual characters that are forced to live with one another.”
While it seems we'll ultimately learn the fate of Eddy and Venom when the movie hits theaters on October 1, it seems there may be more in store for the dynamic duo (or well, single-human-bodied duo) beyond Venom: Let There Be Carnage. In a recent Instagram Live interview with IGN earlier this month, Serkis took a break from hyping up what will inevitably be the homoerotic love story of the century to mention that Venom would eventually face off with Spider-Man.
“That’s the question on everyone’s lips,” Serkis explained when asked if/when the two characters would reunite. “They want to know when Venom is going to meet Spider-Man. Personally, it’s never going to happen. I’m only joking, of course it’s going to happen," he joked, saying that the specifics of their meeting would be determined by “what the appetite is" from the Marvel/Sony loving public.
“If people want more Venom stories, than to jump straight to Spider-Man you could be missing out on so many great supervillain characters in between now and then. But yes, everyone wants to see Venom fight Spider-Man, so I think it’s appetite,” he added.